Refusing Treatment After a FL DUI Crash Can Harm Your Injury Claim
Nobody likes to visit the doctor. But if you were in a Boca Raton accident involving a drunk driver, refusing medical care could cost you your Florida accident injury claim.
A drunk driver hits your car. You feel a little banged up, but it's nothing you can't handle. The EMT at the accident scene checks you out and offers a ride to the emergency room (ER). He tells you it's your choice. Your first instinct is to refuse. Who wants to spend the day in the ER only to find out that nothing is wrong? Wouldn't it be better to just go home and wait and see?
Boca Raton auto injury attorney David Glatthorn understands. Nobody enjoys the ER, but making the wrong decision could cost you your Florida injury claim. It could also prevent the drunk driver that hit your car from being properly punished.
Why is it so important to see a doctor after a Florida DUI accident?
- Your condition may worsen. If it does, the other driver's attorney will ask, "Why didn't you see the doctor after the accident?" He will try to show that your injuries weren't the drunk driver's fault.
- You may have hidden injuries. Brain injuries, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash are examples of Boca Raton accident injuries that can get worse with time. A doctor can screen for these injuries and let you know if there are symptoms that you should watch for.
- You want to protect your personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. Starting January 1, 2013, Florida accident victims must see a doctor within two weeks of an accident or risk losing their full PIP benefits.
If you have been injured in a Florida DUI car accident, it is important that you protect your rights. Learn how in your free copy of Boca Raton accident lawyer David Glatthorn's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim. To schedule a free consultation, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.